" Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used Operation Falcon, a wave of unprecedented federally-coordinated mass arrests as the subject of his first news conference since the confirmation of his controversial nomination.
" The Justice Department, meanwhile, supplied the television networks government-shot action videotape of Marshals and local cops raiding homes and breaking down doors. The footage was aired on news programs, accompanied by commentary that uncritically parroted the claims made by the department.
" The announcement comes barely one week after Gonzales went before the Senate Judiciary Committee to urge renewal of sections of the USA Patriot Act that are set to expire at the end of this year. Gonzales, is anxious to preserve the extraordinary and unconstitutional powers of search and seizure that the administration has arrogated to itself over the past three-and-a-half years. In the final analysis, the organization of nationwide mass arrests is a raw exercise of unprecedented power by the executive branch.
" Justice Department officials sought to link the mass arrests in the public mind to the "war on terrorism," though none of those picked up are accused of terrorist acts.
" Under these conditions, the question is posed: was Operation Falcon a dry run for a plan to be executed in the face of intensified political crisis or a resurgence of mass opposition to the government? [More at WSWS]
A Reader Comments:Well... ummm.. Anon, that's down to leading fake alternative news sites which are full of anti-gov ranting, but which carefully avoid some meaty stories[like this], while hyping constructed diversion scandals[like this].
Thanks so much for posting the article about Operation Falcon. wsws.org is the ONLY news source I have found which gives an analysis of this mass arrest, all other news outlets either ignored it (First they came for.....) or they regurgitated a white house press release.
This is extremely frightening for all U.S. citizens and yet they ALL seem to be unaware. Not a word of analysis in the mainstream press, or "left" press or even the "conspiracy" press.
I'd say there are three red alert signs at least and I'm sure there are more.
- It was reported that about half of the arrests were for drug offenses.
- Most of the arrests were carried out in Texas, Florida and Ohio.
- And this was all planned by Alberto "torture memo" Gonzales.
Why the deafening silence? Why?
Luckily, BreakForNews/WagNews isn't one of them.
But, now that we have picked up this story -watch the fakes run it too.